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For Kids > A Long Time Ago > Symbols in cemeteries Symbols in cemeteries

A Long Time AgoMany times, tombstones in cemeteries have patterns or symbols carved on them. These symbols are used to have meaning or pass on messages to the people who visit that deceased (dead) person. Next time you visit a cemetery, see if you recognize any of these symbols. Click here if you would like to see a bigger list of symbols in cemeteries.

 

Below is a list of some symbols found on tombstones. Can you guess what each of the symbols means?

 

 

Bird
bird
Cross
Cross
Heart
Heart

Ivy
ivy

Lamb

lamb
Rose
rose
Snake
snake
Sun
sun
Wheat
wheat